I really like the brand Urban Decay and like to try a lot of their makeup items. I got a small pot of this powder in a gift set.
When I got this I was intrigued because I’d never tried any of Urban Decay’s face makeup before. I love their eyeshadows but that was the extent of my experience with the brand. However, I do have slightly oily combination skin, so some sort of face powder is pretty much essential for me – I hoped that this would live up to expectations.
*About the Product*
The full name of the product is Razor Sharp Ultra-Definition Finishing Powder. It fits in with the recent popularity of ‘high-definition’ or ‘photo-ready’ face products. UD suggest that the product will help you achieve a flawless complexion, creating a soft-focus effect. The powder apparently contains tiny water particles which burst on application, helping to moisturise and refresh the skin, which sounds bizarre to me!
My 3.75g sample pot (it doesn’t sound much but the powder is very light, and as it’s so fine I found it lasted ages) was a cylindrical tube with a clear base, handy for allowing you to see how much powder there was left. A razor pattern covered the clear part of the pot, while the lid was matte silver. The full-size pot has an iridescent Urban Decay logo on top, but my smaller size had a little mirror – this was a bit small to be used when applying a full face, but it came in handy when applying lipstick out and about.
The packaging has a twist mechanism to close and open the pot, and a sponge applicator attached to the top. I absolutely hated this as I had to shake the pot loads and practically hit my face with the powder sponge to get any product out. Also, the sponge was really hard so I hated using it to apply the product. In the end, I started removing the lid altogether and using a separate brush to apply the powder. This worked much better in terms of application, but also meant that the powder was not portable.
The actual quality of the powder is very good. It is finely milled and applies without caking; it blends in perfectly, provides a great base for makeup, and makes skin look smooth and almost blemish-free. On bad skin days I had to apply foundation underneath, but on good days I could get away with just the powder. It was ideal to wear on hot days as it didn’t cake, unlike heavier powders.
The full-size powder costs GBP21, which is pricey, but the powder is good quality. It’s a shame the packaging is so rubbish, as I definitely wouldn’t buy it as it is. If the packaging changed, I would certainly consider it.
Urban Decay Razor Sharp Ultra Definition Finishing Powder / This silky / micro fine powder fools the eyes with optical blurring / and miraculously seems to airbrush away skin's imperfections / It's a smooth / flawless / soft-focus finish that's flattering under even the harshest of lights / Use Razor Sharp as a finishing touch after foundation / or wear it alone to create a perfect bare skin look / However you apply it / you'll be addicted to the tiny water particles that float on skin's surface and burst when applied / So refreshing! Our no-mess component with attached puff and handy on/off switch is freeway and Subway friendly take it anywhere beauty calls / The universal shade suits all skin tones / so you're covered for summer AND right into winter when your tan has faded away / Puff included.